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Natural Awakenings Northwest Florida



4641 Gulfstarr Dr. Ste. 106, Destin


Deborah Simkin, M.D., is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist specializing in Complementary and Integrative (CIM) or Functional Psychiatry for children, adolescents and adults. She is also board certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and in Neurofeedback and specializes in LORETA neurofeedback. Dr. Simkin uses non-medical and medical interventions that include natural products, meditation, cognitive behavior therapy, genetic testing, validated screening instruments and nutrition, after a thorough bio/psycho/social evaluation is done.

LORETA neurofeedback utilizes 19 channel electrodes, rather than the traditional 2-to-4-channel system used in traditional neurofeedback. It is used to treat disorders, such as ADHD/ADD, learning disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and autism.

Dr. Simkin trained at Harvard’s McLean and Mass General Hospitals in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is presently Co-Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) Committee on Integrative Medicine. In that position, she works with the National Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NCCIM) at the National Institute of Health (NIH) to increase research among child and adolescent psychiatrists.  She has written numerous articles and chapters and lectures throughout the country. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Emory School of Medicine where she teaches CIM.

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